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The crisis of evangelical Christianity: roots, consequences and resolutions
Keith Sewell

Keith Sewell (Professor of history at Dordt College, Iowa) brings his extensive knowledge of the history of Christianity to an assessment of evangelicalism today. He points out the early and ubiquitous influence of Platonism on the post-apostolic church. He remarks…

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Born Slaves – The Bondage of the Will
Martin Luther

This is an excellent introduction to an essential doctrine, sadly, opposed by John Wesley and many professed evangelicals. Luther states clearly in the preface, ‘Man is born a slave to sin! He is not free’. He then goes on to…

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Content yet contending
Daniel R Hyde

This book stems from two series on Jude that the author preached in his home church. It seems aimed at ministers who might consider preaching through this book, although its appeal is wider than this. In the preface Hyde explains the…

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Why Noah’s Ark is gospel truth
Peter Simpson

The author of this little book is the minister of Penn Free Methodist Church in Buckinghamshire. It is designed for evangelistic use and was written after Peter Simpson and his wife visited the recently opened ‘Ark Encounter’ in Kentucky. The…

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The World on our Doorstep
Dewi Hughes

This book is described as a resource aimed at helping UK churches engage with those of other faiths who live ‘on our doorstep’ rather than in distant lands. Much is packed into 200 pages, with many examples of churches and…

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Radical Church
John Caldwell

In this book, John Caldwell gives a brief analysis of what has gone wrong with the church and the world. David Robertson writes in the foreword, ‘There is very little in this wee book that is new. You can find…

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Devoted to God: blueprints for sanctification
Sinclair B Ferguson

In spring 1991, a gathering of pastors in Leicester were listening intently to a preacher expounding the doctrine of sanctification. Their hearts burned within them as in three sessions he gave a masterly overview of his subject and drove home…

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Surprised by the commandments
Graham Beynon

Graham Beynon confesses that he once considered the Ten Commandments ‘predictable, negative and irrelevant’ (p.xi). After preaching through them, however, he was surprised to discover an unexpected ‘depth and richness’ (p.xii). He dedicates one short chapter to each commandment, writing in…